Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2018 Movies

Aisha Harris: Favorite Movies of 2018

04 January 2019

Aisha Harris: Favorite Movies of 2018, as posted to Twitter

Alicia Malone: Favorite Films of 2018

04 January 2019

Alicia Malone: Favorite Films of 2018, as posted to Letterboxd

[see also 2017]

Federica Foglia: Top Ten Films of 2018

04 January 2019

Federica Foglia: Top Ten Films of 2018, as submitted to the annual collection of Lists Curated by Toronto Film Review

[see also 2017]

  1. High LifeClaire Denis
  2. The Image BookJean-Luc Godard
  3. Cities of Last ThingsHo Wi Ding
  4. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  5. BurningLee Chang-dong
  6. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  7. AnthropoceneNicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, and Jennifer Baichwal
  8. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  9. Mademoiselle de JoncquièresEmmanuel Mouret
  10. DogmanMatteo Garrone

David Sterritt: Ten Best Films of 2018

03 January 2019

David Sterritt: Ten Best Films of 2018, as aired on Films in Focus

  1. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  2. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  3. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  4. CapernaumNadine Labaki
  5. HereditaryAri Aster
  6. BorderAli Abbasi
  7. Three Identical StrangersTim Wardle
  8. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  9. Nico, 1988Susanna Nicchiarelli
  10. Lean on PeteAndrew Haigh

Walter Chaw: 50 Best Films of 2018

03 January 2019

Walter Chaw: 50 Best Films of 2018, as published by Film Freak Central in ten groups

  1. AnnihilationAlex Garland
  2. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  3. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  4. BurningLee Chang-dong
  5. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  6. The RiderChloé Zhao
  7. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  8. You Were Never Really HereLynne Ramsay
  9. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  10. The Wild Pear TreeNuri Bilge Ceylan
  11. Have a Nice DayLiu Jian
  12. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  13. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  14. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  15. At Eternity’s GateJulian Schnabel
  16. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  17. BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee
  18. BlazeEthan Hawke
  19. Skate KitchenCrystal Moselle
  20. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  21. Under the Silver LakeDavid Robert Mitchell
  22. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  23. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller
  24. Madeline’s MadelineJosephine Decker
  25. UpgradeLeigh Whannell
  26. Hold the DarkJeremy Saulnier
  27. The Great Buddha+Huang Hsin-yao
  28. Game NightJohn Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
  29. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  30. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  31. First ManDamien Chazelle
  32. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  33. Let the Sunshine InClaire Denis
  34. The Devil's DoorwayAislinn Clarke
  35. DamselDavid Zellner and Nathan Zellner
  36. AquamanJames Wan
  37. The RitualDavid Bruckner
  38. The Sisters BrothersJacques Audiard
  39. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  40. BlindspottingCarlos López Estrada
  41. The Night Eats the WorldDominique Rocher
  42. The House That Jack BuiltLars von Trier
  43. TerrifiedDemián Rugna
  44. BumblebeeTravis Knight
  45. ApostleGareth Evans
  46. Ismael’s GhostsArnaud Desplechin
  47. The Miseducation of Cameron PostDesiree Akhavan
  48. HalloweenDavid Gordon Green
  49. Thunder RoadJim Cummings
  50. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer — Various